Citing SC verdict CEC rules out conducting NRC in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Putting an end to speculations, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Friday said there is no possibility of conducting the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Bengal till the Supreme Court verdict is out.”Let the Supreme Court come out with a verdict. At the moment it is for Assam. The Supreme court has not given the verdict. I cannot give a verdict and cannot forecast,” he said. Arora is in the city to attend events organised by the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences and IIM (Calcutta) on Friday and Saturday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be recalled that after getting landslide victory in the general election, BJP leaders in Bengal had said the NRC will be conducted immediately and the infiltrators will be pushed back. The purpose of the NRC, which is being updated in Assam under the Apex Court’s supervision, is to identify bonafide Indian citizens living in the state and weed out illegal migrants. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said over and again in her election speeches as well as while addressing party leaders that the NRC in Bengal will not be allowed. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe matter came to head after the names of 42 lakh people belonging to the Hindu and Muslim communities got deleted from the NRC. The names of the family members of former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed had been dropped from the list of citizens. As a mark of protest, Banerjee sent party MPs led by Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar in Assam to meet the aggrieved people. However, the Assam government did not allow them to come out of the airport and were sent back. Banerjee had said during her election speeches that the Centre had asked for certain documents that the people find difficult to furnish. “If they ask someone who is above 70 years old to give a copy of the birth certificate, then the person will find it impossible to submit the document as it was not issued during his childhood. On the basis of this, if his name is dropped from the NRC then it is entirely unjustified.” In almost all the election meetings, she had strongly condemned the Centre’s role to conduct the NRC as “it was an attempt to isolate a particular community.” On her instructions, all the Trinamool Congress leaders had spoken against NRC as it was an attempt to scare people. Banerjee had threatened to launch a movement if Centre decides to conduct NRC in Bengal.last_img read more

Cold freezes out New Years Eve plans on Parliament Hill

first_imgOTTAWA – Mother Nature drowned out Canada Day on Parliament Hill and now it’s frozen out part of the planned New Year’s Eve celebrations.Organizers were checking the forecast every hour Friday hoping to see some improvement but the polar vortex that has turned Ottawa into a living icicle shows no sign of lifting until at least January 2.So they’ve cancelled plans for musical entertainment and DJs for the Canada 150 closing events, but will go ahead with fireworks and a laser show scheduled for midnight.“We invite all Canadians and visitors to consider the extreme weather conditions and to dress warmly and prepare accordingly to prevent frostbite and other injuries,” said Canadian Heritage in a statement Friday.Earlier Friday, plans for the bash were in doubt altogether as the department’s website briefly listed everything as being cancelled, but a final decision wasn’t made until mid-morning.Andrew Campbell, the senior executive director in charge of the Canada 150 secretariat, had said earlier that with the current forecast offering up temperatures close to -28 Celsius with 15 km/hour winds, there had been concern that the equipment needed for the fireworks and multimedia light show might not work.Hip hop artist Kardinal Offishall was among the artists scheduled to perform Sunday night on Parliament Hill. News on social media that the party might be cancelled prompted him to post his displeasure.“Noooooooooo!!!,” read a message on his official Twitter account. “Damn you frigid temperatures!!!!”The weather has already forced the cancellation of youth hockey games on the Parliament Hill Canada 150 skating rink but Campbell said public skating continues.Members of the public will be able to skate on the rink right up until midnight on New Year’s Eve.last_img read more

US stocks move broadly higher Dow jumps 200 points

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks headed broadly higher in early trading Tuesday on Wall Street after comments from Mexico’s foreign minister injected some optimism into a developing trade dispute.Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico can likely make a deal with the U.S. when officials meet on Wednesday and stave off U.S. plans to place 5% tariffs on Mexican goods. President Donald Trump plans on imposing the tariffs beginning June 10 as part of a broader immigration dispute with Mexico.The threat of a trade battle with Mexico comes with investors already worried about an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. Investors spent May fleeing to safer holdings, sending the market to its first monthly loss of the year.Strong gains by technology stocks Tuesday led the broader market higher and marked a sharp turnaround for the sector. On Monday, technology companies slumped over concerns that several internet companies could face more scrutiny from antitrust regulators.Chipmakers were all broadly higher. Micron rose 2.9% and Texas Instruments rose 2.2%. Other technology companies rallied. Microsoft rose 1.3% and Apple rose 1.2%.Facebook held back gains for internet and communications companies. The stock fell 1.2% after a top European Union legal adviser said that social media networks could be ordered to take down anywhere in the world any text, photo or other media ruled to be defamatory by a court.Banks also posted gains as lower bond prices pushed yields on the 10-year Treasury higher. Banks benefit from higher yields because they can charge more interest on loans. Bank of America rose 2.3% and Citigroup rose 2.4%.Utilities lagged the market in another sign that investors were shifting funds away from safe-play holdings and into riskier, but potentially more profitable investments.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.8% as of 10:10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 229 points, or 0.9%, to 25,049. The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite rose 0.9%.OVERSEAS: European stocks rose broadly following a report that the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in more than a decade in the 19 countries that use the euro. Germany’s DAX jumped 1.2% and the CAC 40 in France rose 0.4%.BOXED IN: Online storage provider Box fell 11.1% after giving investors a weak revenue forecast for the year. The company cited a shift to longer sales cycles. The company also said it is “no longer prudent” to give a timeframe for reaching a $1 billion revenue milestone.LINGERING LUSTER: Luxury jeweler Tiffany rose 3% after beating Wall Street’s profit forecasts for the first quarter. Investors focused on the solid profit figures amid a very mixed report.A key figure measuring sales at established stores fell short of forecasts and Tiffany warned that higher costs from tariffs could cut into its profit.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Extra blue helmets will aid political efforts to bring peace to DR

26 November 2008The additional blue helmets that will be deployed to help quell the violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will create space for political and diplomatic peace efforts to press ahead, the top United Nations envoy to the vast African nation said today as he stressed the fragility of the situation. Last week, the Security Council approved a temporary increase of more than 3,000 troops to augment the 17,000 uniformed personnel already serving with the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym MONUC.Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the mission, told reporters today after briefing the Council today that discussions are already under way with potential troop and police-contributing nations.“Above all, we want to stabilize the situation in order that the political and diplomatic processes can go forward,” he said. “I don’t think the solution to the problems of the Congo and the eastern DRC lie exclusively in military force.”Former Nigerian president and the Secretary-General’s envoy Olusegun Obasanjo has wrapped up his first phase of talks with regional leaders, including DRC President Joseph Kabila and renegade general Laurent Nkunda, who heads the rebel militia known as the Congress in Defence of the People (CNDP).Mr. Obasanjo, in New York this week to consult with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will return to the region on Friday to resume his diplomatic efforts, which will also address the ongoing problem of the presence of Rwandan armed groups.But Mr. Doss warned the Council in today’s open meeting that it will take “a couple of months” before the extra forces authorized by the 15-member body are on the ground, and reiterated his call for a multinational force as a “bridging measure” until MONUC is reinforced.“We should also be mindful that MONUC’s presence should not replace the national authority and security forces in their responsibility to protect civilians and protect the territory of the DRC,” the Representative added.Escalating conflict between Government forces (FARDC) and the CNDP has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people in the past three months, mainly in North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda. Other armed groups, including the Mayi Mayi, have also been involved in deadly clashes, some of which have been along ethnic lines.The escalating violence has had a “profound impact” on MONUC, Mr. Doss noted, adding that the “already overstretched” mission has had to assume responsibility for the protection of civilians in North Kivu and aid in the delivery of humanitarian assistance.He briefed the Council on the Secretary-General’s latest report on MONUC, which recommends extending its mandate until next December.In a related development, the mission today reported that humanitarian access to internally displaced persons (IDPs) has improved, with relief workers having reached nearly 100,000 people in Kiwanja and Rutshuru in the past two weeks. They have also been able to distribute school kits to children, drinking water and firewood.But aid workers expressed their concerns over the recurrent emergence of cholera, with 1,000 cases having been reported since last October.Meanwhile, a 16-day campaign backed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has kicked off to raise awareness of how to tackled gender-based violence in the DRC.The initiative will wrap up on 10 December and will feature various countrywide events as well as a sensitization drive. read more

Fisheries industry to be modernised with lifting of ban

The European Commission yesterday formally lifted the ban on fisheries products from Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister said that the fishermen must now begin exporting fisheries products to EU countries. The fisheries industry is to be modernised with the formal lifting of the ban by the European Union on fisheries products from Sri Lanka.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that Norwegian assistance has been sought to modernise the fisheries industry. Sri Lanka has subsequently amended its legal framework, strengthened sanctions and improved its fleet control. (Colombo Gazette) In April the European Commission said that after a lengthy dialogue process Sri Lanka has successfully reformed its fisheries governance system.Sri Lanka was issued with a yellow card in 2012 and listed by the Council in February 2015. This was the result of a long standing failure to address serious shortcomings in the implementation of control measures, a lack of deterrent sanctions, as well as the failure to comply with international and regional fisheries rules. The Prime Minister appreciated the role played by the Foreign Ministry, Fisheries Ministry and others to lift the ban on fisheries products from Sri Lanka to the EU. read more

Steps under way to create truth commission in East Timor UN mission

A spokesperson for the panel said the group would be spending the next month consulting with communities throughout East Timor on who should be nominated to sit on the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation. “We want to promote the democratic process and give the people of East Timor the right to choose who is suitable to be a Commission member,” Cecílio Caminha Freitas said at a press conference held in the capital, Dili.The panel, which is soliciting nominations for 5 to 7 national commission posts and 25 to 30 district commission posts, is scheduled to visit each of East Timor’s 13 districts before the 31 October nomination deadline.UNTAET’s Project Coordinator for the Commission, Pat Walsh, today reiterated that the panel was holding one position vacant for a pro-autonomy representative. “Our invitation remains open and we very much hope [a pro-autonomy supporter] will join the panel and assist in the process of reconciliation,” the Coordinator said. Pro-autonomy groups have so far declined to fill a position, deferring a decision until they have had more time to confer with their supporters.The Commission will ultimately establish a truth-seeking function inquiring into the pattern of human rights violations committed within the context of the political conflicts in East Timor between 1974 and 1999, and create a community reconciliation body to facilitate agreements between local communities and the perpetrators of non-serious crimes and non-criminal acts committed over the same period.In another development, UNTAET reported today that the Special Panel for Serious Crimes in Dili had convicted former militia member Augusto Asameta Tavares to 16 years imprisonment for the murder of a pro-independence supporter in Mailiana district following the Popular Consultation of 1999. The accused, who was sentenced on Friday, is the eleventh person convicted by the Panel. read more

Haiti UN peacekeeper Red Cross workers wounded in shooting

A United Nation peacekeeper, two Haitian Red Cross volunteers and another Haitian civilian were wounded – one severely – when unknown gunmen opened fire on the group in front of a hospital in Cité Soleil, a troubled suburb of the capital Port-au-Prince. According to the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), its peacekeepers had benn conducting a reconnaissance mission at Chapi hospital. The four injured yesterday were evacuated to the Argentinean hospital in Port-au-Prince where they are currently being treated. “Our thoughts are with those who were injured during this unwarranted act,” said General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira, MINUSTAH Military Force Commander. “The targeting of hospitals and Red Cross workers is a savage act and clearly demonstrates the mentality of those who wish to threaten the stability and security of Haitian people,” he added.In a press release, a MINUSTAH spokesperson said that the mission maintained a zero tolerance policy against armed groups and remained committed to ensuring a stable and secure environment for the people of Haiti. read more

Vancouver mayor pushes BC to tax empty homes or he will act

Vancouver mayor pushes B.C. to tax empty homes or he will act alone by Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22, 2016 4:25 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Vancouver’s mayor says he’s prepared to go it alone if the British Columbia government doesn’t help boost the city’s near-zero vacancy rate by establishing a tax on empty homes as leverage against property investors.Gregor Robertson announced Wednesday that he wants to give the province a deadline of Aug. 1 to join the city on a vacancy tax.“The city will take action on taxing empty homes, with or without the help of the B.C. government,” Robertson said ahead of a session next week when council will consider a report on taxing options.He said Vancouver faces an “urgent” affordability crisis and a rental vacancy of 0.6 per cent.The city’s predicament could be partially alleviated by taxing owners of about 10,800 empty homes that were bought as investments in the city’s skyrocketing market, Robertson said.“If we can get several thousand (units) on to the rental market in the near term, that’s an enormous new supply that typically would take many years to build.”Robertson said if the province doesn’t come on board, the city will establish its own business tax on empty homes. The city can do so under the Vancouver Charter, legislation that incorporates the city and grants it greater powers than other communities under the B.C. Municipalities Act.Under the preferred route with the province, however, a joint levy would be administered as a new “residential vacant” property class through B.C. Assessment, the organization responsible for property assessments throughout the province.The B.C. government has already collected large quantities of data on primary residences and rental income through the Homeowner Grant and income tax collection processes, Robertson said.“We need action taken urgently to deal with this. I believe the province recognizes there is a great need,” Robertson said. “It’s frustrating there has been no action to date from either the provincial or the federal government.”Hours after Robertson’s news conference, Finance Minister Mike de Jong said he’s making arrangements to meet with the mayor on Monday to further discuss the suggestion he called thoughtful.“There’s a genuine concern on the part of all of us about the rental vacancy rate and the difficulties people are having locating rental accommodation, certainly in Vancouver,” de Jong said in an emailed statement.If the deadline passes without the province making a commitment, Robertson wants the city to charge the new business tax and divert the funds toward other affordable housing initiatives.Thomas Davidoff, a housing economist at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, called Robertson’s proposal a “half-measure.”“(It’s) a step in the right direction, but probably hard to implement and not a broad enough base,” he said.He expressed frustration that the city didn’t consider a plan released last January by dozens of academics from the University of B.C. and Simon Fraser University to counter the steep housing market.It calls for a 1.5 per cent property tax surcharge on homebuyers who don’t live in the province and have limited participation in the Canadian economy.Raymond Louie, vice-chairman of the Metro Vancouver Regional District, said the board has not taken a position on the matter of taxing empty homes.“But I know through discussions with many mayors and councillors that housing affordability is a major concern within the region,” he said in an email.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver said the benchmark price in May for detached houses increased to more than $1.5 million, a jump of nearly 37 per cent jump from a year earlier.— Follow @TamsynBurgmann on Twitter read more

COACH AND DIRECTOR UNTIL 2020 Tamse and Planteu stay in Celje

← Previous Story Eight nominees for HANDBALL PERSON 2016/2017 Next Story → RK Vardar Skopje or RK PPD Zagreb first finalists of SEHA GAZPROM Final4? The best team of Slovenia, RK Celje Pivovarna Laško, announced new deals with coach Branko Tamse and club’s director Gregor Planteu. The two leading persons of the sports part of the EHF Champions League winners 2004 extended their contracts until 2020.Branko Tamse came to the club in december 2013. He made convincing series of results in domestic stage, but also gave chance to some young Slovenian stars like Blaz Janc, Miha Zarabec, etc… read more

Stormwatch Eircom and ESB work to return services to 16000 customers

first_imgPHOTOS: Cork kayakers refuse to let floods dampen their night outWatch: Timelapse captures the rise of last night’s severe floodingToday: Taoiseach accused of having a ‘King Cnut’ response to the floods EIRCOM HAS DEPLOYED 700 crews to fix about 10,000 faults to its network around the country.Although they are restoring service to 2,000 homes each day, the company warned that another 10,000 faults could be seen in the coming days due to “further predicted bad weather”.In a statement this afternoon, a spokesperson said that both broadband and telephone services have been impacted.The majority of the damage was caused by wind to the overheard network. Falling trees taking down overhead telephone lines has been a particular problem.“Our underground network is holding up well and we are not currently experiencing significant flood damage,” continued the statement.All available staff have been diverted to repair teams across the country to restore service to customers as quickly as possible. We currently have 700 crews working nationwide.“We would like to reassure all of our customers who are currently experiencing a disruption to their telephone and broadband service that we are working as quickly as possible to repair all outstanding faults.”The worst impacted areas are in Cork, Kerry, Galway, Mayo, Tipperary, Wexford and Limerick.Meanwhile, ESB Networks says its crews are out fixing 6,000 faults. Homes and businesses in the southwest, around Cork, are the worst affected, according to a spokesperson.She told TheJournal.ie that crews expect to have power returned to all customers today but warned that the “weather is not in their favour”.“More faults are occurring as they fix them,” she concluded.last_img read more

Sony Xperia Mint leaked and reviewed

first_imgSony’s preparing to add another member to its Android smartphone family. This time around it’s the Xperia Mint, which ships with the same 1.5GHz dual-core Arm A-15 Qualcomm S4 processor as the U.S. HTC One X. A prototype unit has wound up in the hands of one reviewer who’s shared some insight into the rest of the hardware — as well as benchmark results and some initial impressions.As you’d expect, the S4 chip provides plenty of horsepower and burns through tests with aplomb. It’s got more than enough muscle to push just over 60 frames per second in Nenamark 2 on the Mint’s 1280 x 720 display. The Mint’s battery proved capable, too, providing runtime that was on par with that of the One X. As they have with other recent launches, the Mint is also shipping with Android 4.0 pre-installed — so this time around the waiting game will be for the bump to Jelly Bean and the super-smooth Butter experience.What else does the Xperia Mint have to offer? There’s the requisite 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 support, a 13MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, and microSD expansion. That last one also happens to be tied to one of the Mint’s shortcomings, as it’s hidden behind a door that doesn’t quite line up with the rest of the phone (the SIM card slot is located here as well). The Mint also doesn’t have a removable back, so it looks like changing your own battery is out unless you want to void the warranty. Since this is reported to be a prototype, however, it’s possible that both will change before Sony starts turning out production units.The Xperia Mint next to the Samsung Galaxy S3Sony also generally gets good marks for the HD displays on its smartphones, but this time around it’s a different story. The Mint’s viewing angles were poor and its color reproduction left a lot to be desired. Again, that could all be down to this being a prototype, so we’ll have to wait for its official launch before passing judgement.Read more at Mobile Reviewlast_img read more

Get Every Super Smash Bros Ultimate Amiibo… In Japan

first_img When Super Smash Bros. Ultimate boasts that “Everyone Is Here,” the game isn’t just talking about the fact that the 74 characters represent every Smash Brother in history and then some. It’s also laying down the gauntlet for collectors of amiibo, Nintendo’s enduring toys-to-life #brand. The game might as well be saying, “We have every character, but do you?” And if you don’t, soon you can, at least on Amazon Japan where Nintendo announced this massive 63-figurine boxset.Amiibo first debuted with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. And the functionality remains similar in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Scan amiibo into your Nintendo Switch and train them as AI “Figure Players.” They can even take advantage of the new Spirit power-ups. But really amiibo are more dope figures to display that happen to do some things in video games, not the other way around. And this collection, of which only 50 will be made, gives you plenty of dope figures to display.We don’t know the price yet (multiplying standard amiibo prices by the number of figures puts it almost at a thousand dollars). But we do know the set includes every Super Smash Bros. amiibo that will available when the game launches on December 7. You’ll get Mario and Link and Pikachu and Donkey Kong. You’ll get Ryu and Cloud and Bayonetta and Sonic. You’ll even get newcomers Inkling and Ridley and King K. Rool and Piranha Plant, although that last fighter isn’t arriving until next February as DLC. The trophies even come in a snazzy case with a special poster.One of the coolest parts of being a Nintendo fan in New York City is going to the Nintendo NYC store. Among its attractions is a glass case featuring every single amiibo. This boxset, if it ever leaves Japan, won’t have as many toys as that. But it is a healthy start. For more on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate check out our recent hands-on impressions of its single-player modes. And for more on amiibo, read about how it’s the last toys-to-life #brand still standing.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guide Stay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… last_img read more

Lyft aims to make rides safer with 911 panic button in the

first_img 0 Mobile Tech Industry Roadshow More than 120 Uber, Lyft drivers said to have sexually assaulted riders Uber brings app safety features to more drivers and riders San Francisco warns Uber, Lyft riders to get in the right car Lyft’s new features are aimed at this same idea of getting riders to check their driver’s license plate. And, if something goes wrong, they’ll be able to contact the authorities quickly with the 911 panic button. Lyft announced last month that it’d also run background checks on its drivers on a yearly basis.Uber rolled out similar safety features over the past year, including an in-app emergency 911 button and annual background checks on its drivers. People using Uber’s service can also anonymize their pickup and drop-off locations so drivers won’t be able to keep exact trip location information after the fact. Post a comment Share your voice Related stories See how small the driver’s license plate number is in Lyft’s app? The ride-hailing service is now making that image bigger. Lyft Lyft announced new features for its app on Tuesday aimed at improving passenger safety. Along with a button in the app that lets riders dial 911, the ride-hailing company is making the image of drivers’ license plates bigger.”Lyft is relentlessly focused on finding new ways to further strengthen safety measures on our platform,” Mary Winfield, Lyft’s head of trust and safety, said in a blog post.The move comes after scores of assaults, kidnappings and rapes have allegedly been perpetrated by Lyft and Uber drivers. A report by CNN last year found more than 120 Uber and Lyft drivers reportedly sexually assaulted their passengers. And a handful of states — including California, Colorado, Massachusetts and Texas — have previously launched investigations into Uber and Lyft, alleging they routinely fail to screen drivers adequately and have hired drivers with criminal histories.People posing as drivers is also an issue. Just last month a student from the University of South Carolina was allegedly murdered by a man who said he was her Uber driver. And in San Francisco, Orlando Vilchez Lazo — a man labeled the “rideshare rapist” — was accused of sexually assaulting four women in separate incidents. Lazo was a Lyft driver, but because of ongoing litigation, it’s unclear if he was posing as a driver during these incidents or using the app.San Francisco launched a public awareness campaign in September called “Rideshare with Care” urging passengers to verify the license plate of their Uber or Lyft ride before getting in.  Lyft Uber Tags CNET Apps Todaylast_img read more

Trophy marks new era for citizen science in the classroom

first_imgBy Egle Marija Ramanauskaite, Citizen Science Coordinator at EyesOnALZDecember 21st, 2017, just might enter the history books as the first day a citizen science trophy was ever awarded to a school. The trophy, bestowed to 250 students for contributing to Alzheimer’s research, is now proudly displayed next to sports trophies & special achievement awards at a middle school in Boise, ID.The world’s first citizen science trophy, awarded to Lake Hazel Middle School students in December 2017, prominently displayed in the school’s trophy case. The trophy was custom built at Technarium hackerspace and is open source. Photos by Vi.Zo, Human Computation Institute and Erin Davis, Lake Hazel Middle School (CC BY-NC SA 4.0).But the story really begins back in May, 2017. By a happy coincidence, Erin Davis, a technology teacher at Lake Hazel Middle School in Boise, Idaho, saw the first episode of a public television mini-series about citizen science, called The Crowd & The Cloud. Episode 1 featured Stall Catchers, a citizen science game by the EyesOnALZ project that is speeding up Alzheimer’s research.As it happens, the game was launching its first team competition to #CrushALZ, and, knowing how competitive her students are, Davis immediately signed up. “It fit right into several of the current lesson curricula in my classes,” she said. “I organized a team, challenged my computer students to design the logo, and did a quick tutorial in my class after we finished the daily assignment. It spread from there!”Starting with 116 students, their team, “Middle School STEM,” grew to a staggering 250 members by the end of the month, and finally triumphed over other Stall Catchers teams from around the world.“I could see them playing before school, during breaks, at lunch, after school, and so on,” Davis said. “Several of them have sent me emails showing off their high scores and leaderboard standings.”Ms. Erin Davis and her students accepting the Stall Catchers trophy. The event was covered by a local TV station, KIVI-TV (ABC).In four short weeks, along with other participating teams, “Middle School STEM” helped achieve up to the equivalent of 8 months of research. Amassing this quantity of work in such a short time simply would not be possible without the help of citizen scientists. To honor the students and their teachers for this amazing achievement, the EyesOnALZ team at the Human Computation Institute has just awarded the team with the first ever “citizen science” trophy.Institute director Dr. Pietro Michelucci traveled to Boise to award the trophy in person during a schoolwide assembly. In his award speech Dr. Michelucci emphasized “the historic significance of coming together, not just as a classroom, but as a school-wide team to demonstrate the collective cognitive power of middle school students.”“The 250 students at Lake Hazel Middle School, who continue to play Stall Catchers today, have effectively mainstreamed citizen science, showing that anyone and everyone can make a difference in the world today through direct scientific engagement,” Dr. Michelucci said.Dr. Michelucci and his team hope this Citizen Science trophy will begin a culture of rewarding volunteer science achievements at schools everywhere. In fact, holders of the first ever citizen science trophy are already thinking about organizing a competition just for schools in Stall Catchers, and establishing a Citizen Science Club at their school.Looking for ways to get your classroom involved in citizen science? Check out the SciStarter’s Project Finder! Here you can find activities in the “at school” category; filter by indoor/outdoor, topic, location and more.last_img read more

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first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more September 29, 2009 – Worldwide sales of cancer drugs are forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 12-15 percent from 2008, reaching US$75-80 billion by 2012. That would represent almost double the projected growth rate for the pharmaceutical market as a whole over the same period, says 2009 Research and Markets in its “Launching Next Generation Oncology Products: Evolving Strategies in a Payor’s Market” report. The emergence of a new wave of oncology products has been one of the most dramatic trends in the pharmaceutical market over the last decade. Both large and small companies are making unprecedented investments in oncology R&D, in an effort to emulate the success of new targeted therapies such as Herceptin, Avastin, Glivec, Nexavar and Erbitux.Underpinning that success have been real improvements in therapeutic options for a range of cancers, including marked survival increments in areas of poor prognosis, such as kidney cancer (e.g., Sutent); more effective therapies, tailored to genetically defined subgroups, for widespread malignancies (Herceptin for breast cancer); and innovations that have transformed fatal into chronic diseases (Glivec for chronic myeloid leukaemia).At the same time, success has come at a price. Not is the oncology marketplace getting more crowded, raising the bar for differentiation in a category in which many products are focusing on the same disease mechanisms, but the premium prices charged for newer therapies are stretching healthcare budgets. Increasingly cancer drugs are losing the special status that once guaranteed uptake at any cost and are coming under the same cost-effectiveness scrutiny as other components of healthcare.In today’s payer’s market, oncology companies are being forced to re-assess their strategies and build a compelling value equation for their products that will meet the needs of a whole range of stakeholders, each with their own agenda. And they must do this while finding a way to recoup R&D costs from niche products without the patient volumes that have driven blockbuster brands in the past. Another key finding by the research group is that growth in oncology is expected to slow over the next five years, with a diminishing contribution from the existing top oncology markets – the US, France, Germany, Italy, the UK and Spain. These countries accounted for 71 percent of oncology product sales worldwide in 2007. By 2012, however, their share of overall sales could be down to 65 percent.Also, increased cost-sensitivity among payers, market crowding and the loss of cancer’s ‘special status’ will make the market much for challenging for established oncology players and new contenders over the next few years. For more information: www.researchandmarkets.com/research/2a2448/launching_next_gen FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Cardio-oncology | July 29, 2019 Statins Reduce Stroke, Cardiovascular Risk in Cancer Patients Following Radiation Cancer patients taking cholesterol-lowering statin medication following radiation therapy of the chest, neck or head… read more News | September 29, 2009 Cancer Drug Market to Grow Nearly 15 Percent from 2008-2012 News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Related Contentlast_img read more

Nuclear disarmament is just common sense says Costa Rican President Solís

first_imgCosta Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís said that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons signed by dozens of countries on Wednesday is nothing more than “common sense.”Solís spoke to AFP after presiding over the signing ceremony  for the treaty, whose negotiation was facilitated by the government of Costa Rica. The treaty was adopted by 122 countries in July. Solís is in New York for the UN General Assembly.“There is no way to win in a nuclear conflict,” Solís said. Eliminating them is “common sense, which seems to be the least common of the senses.”No country that possesses nuclear weapons has participated in the treaty, nor any members of security blocs such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). However, Solís said he still hopes more countries will join the initiative in the coming years.The fact that it was approved by 122 countries and signed by nearly 50 yesterday demonstrates “significant maturity on the part of most of the countries of the world, who will be the first victims of a nuclear holocaust,” the president said.He added that a regional approach may yield results, calling for “more multilateralism, not less.” He cited as an example “the Treaty of Tlatelolco, which in 1968 declared Latin America an area free of nuclear weapons. And it has worked. Something similar could be established in other regions of the world.”The signing of the Treaty took place just one day after U.S. President Donald Trump took to the floor of the United Nations to threaten to “totally destroy” North Korea if tensions lead to armed conflict. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica President Solís advocates for migrants at UN General Assembly Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Meet Sarai González, the inspiring Tica in Bomba Estéreo’s “Soy Yo” video Smartphone app for migrants being piloted in Central America, Mexicolast_img read more

Soneva Fushi welcomes Japans youngest three MichelinStarred

first_imgChef Kenji Gyoten will host a two-week residency at Soneva’s newly opened So Hands On sushi counterSoneva Fushi welcomes Japan’s youngest three Michelin-StarredSoneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, marks the opening of Soneva Fushi’s new intimate sushi counter, So Hands On, by welcoming guest Chef Kenji Gyoten for a special two-week residency from August 18 – 29, 2018. During these two weeks, guests at Soneva will get the chance to skip the chef’s usual six-month-long waitlist for a table at his restaurant, Sushi Gyoten, in Fukuoka, Japan.The latest dining destination at Soneva’s flagship resort in the Maldives, So Hands On seats just five diners for lunch and dinner on select days of the week. The restaurant is located within the resort’s newly-opened destination Out of the Blue, a two-story overwater structure encompassing five new dining experiences.Chef Kenji is the youngest three Michelin-starred chef in Japan, and one of only four three-starred sushi chefs in the world. Chef Kenji opened his restaurant at the age of 26, and has received three Michelin stars in three consecutive years since 2014. The chef is known for using the hontegaeshi (hand flip) technique of Endomae nigiri to prepare his bite-sized sushi, a technique that is rarely seen today.Lunch with the Michelin-starred chef is priced at $350 per person for lunch and $500 for dinner. During the remainder of the year, Chef Akira Koba, a highly trained sushi chef, will be running the table at So Hands On.Chef Kenji’s residency is part of Soneva’s year-long Festival of Color campaign, which launched in February to celebrate the diverse array of guest activities and experiences on offer this year. Soneva has confirmed an incredible line-up of visiting experts, including chefs, authors, wine producers, world-champion free-divers, astronomers, artists, wellness practitioners, tennis coaches and more at all resorts.For more information about Soneva, visit www.soneva.com.About Soneva FushiIn 1995, award-winning luxury resort Soneva Fushi set the standard for all desert island barefoot luxury hideaways in the Maldives. It has a pristine UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve and is known for its legendary service. Fifty-seven private villas with their own stretch of beach are hidden among dense foliage within touching distance of a pristine coral reef. Intuitive service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday butlers. Highlights include the open-air Cinema Paradiso, counting Saturn’s rings in the high-tech Observatory, the home-made chocolate and ice cream rooms, five hundred wines to choose from and nine dining options. If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple: No news, no shoes. No pretensions either.About SonevaSoneva is a pioneering family of hospitality properties and products, offering holistic encounters in luxurious and inspiring environments – from world-class hotels to outstanding natural locations. Combining luxury with a conscientious approach to sustainability and the environment, and proactively changing the nature of hospitality, it delivers intuitive service and meaningful experiences to the guests. Source = Sonevalast_img read more

November 13 2018

first_imgNovember 13 , 2018 Chilean cherry report analyzes 2018/19 campaign, d … Washington cherries from Rainier Fruit – The taste … You might also be interested in NA: Heatwave, thunderstorms to affect grape, berry … center_img NZ: T&G Global’s profits drop despite revenue … “The improvement in quality has stimulated sales in the Chinese market. For now, prices of cherries remain high, and the market remains as good as in recent years.”According to Ou, Chilean cherries have lost between 15 – 20 percent of their yield per tree. However, he expected that new plantings coming online would partially offset the lower yields.He is also expecting large cherry volumes for the second half of the season, “which could bring great challenges to the industry’s ability to deal with them”.But he said that Chile should be better able to manage the large volumes than last year due to improvements in the supply chain. A representative of China-based Shanghai Riverking Import Trade believes that the quality of Chilean cherries is higher this year as a result of lower yields in the country than last year.General manager Owen Ou said that for blueberries, the quality seemed to be similar to last year. A load of 30 metric tons (MT) of Chilean cherries and blueberries arrived on Nov. 8 at Ningbo Airport, which lies to the south of Shanghai.”In general the cherries are better than last year, [and] the size is much better, due to the lower yield per tree that Chile has had this year,” Ou said.last_img read more

June 10 Actress Alexandra Stewart Under the Che

first_img June 10: Actress Alexandra Stewart (“Under the Cherry Moon”) is 79. Singer Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles is 77. Actor Andrew Stevens is 63. Bassist Kim Deal of The Pixies and The Breeders is 57. Singer Maxi Priest is 57. Actress Gina Gershon is 56. Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn is 55. Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan) is 54. Actress Kate Flannery (“The Office”) is 54. Model-actress Elizabeth Hurley is 53. Guitarist Joey Santiago of The Pixies is 53. Guitarist Emma Anderson (Lush) is 51. Country guitarist Brian Hofeldt of The Derailers is 51. Singer Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing) is 48. Singer JoJo of K-Ci and JoJo is 47. Singer Faith Evans is 45. Actor Hugh Dancy is 43. Singer Lemisha Grinstead of 702 is 40. Actor DJ Qualls (“Memphis Beat,” ”Hustle and Flow”) is 40. Country singer Lee Brice is 39. Singer Hoku is 37. Actress Leelee Sobieski is 36. Bassist Bridget Kearney of Lake Street Dive is 33. Actor Tristin Mays (2018’s “MacGyver,” ”The Vampire Diaries”) is 28.June 11: Comedian Johnny Brown (“Laugh-In”) is 81. Singer Joey Dee of Joey Dee and the Starliters is 78. Actress Adrienne Barbeau (“Maude”) is 73. Drummer Frank Beard of ZZ Top is 69. Singer Donnie Van Zant of .38 Special and of Van Zant is 66. Actor Hugh Laurie is 59. Talk-show host Dr. Mehmet Oz (“The Dr. Oz Show”) is 58. Singer Gioia Bruno of Expose is 55. Bassist Dan Lavery of Tonic is 52. Country singer Bruce Robison is 52. Actor Peter Dinklage is 49. Bassist Smilin’ Jay McDowell (BR5-49) is 49. Bassist Tai Anderson of Third Day is 42. Actor Joshua Jackson is 40. Actor Shia LaBeouf is 32.June 12: Disney composer Richard Sherman is 90. Jazz musician Chick Corea is 77. Singer Len Barry is 76. Drummer Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick is 67. Country singer-guitarist Junior Brown is 66. Singer-songwriter Rocky Burnette is 65. Actor Timothy Busfield is 61. Singer Meredith Brooks is 60. Accordionist-keyboardist John Linnell of They Might Be Giants is 59. Rapper Grandmaster Dee of Whodini is 56. Actor Paul Schulze (“Nurse Jackie”) is 56. Actor Eamonn Walker (“Chicago Fire,” ”Cadillac Records”) is 56. Actor Rick Hoffman (“Suits”) is 48. Actor-comedian Finesse Mitchell (“Roadies,” ”Saturday Night Live”) is 46. Actor Jason Mewes (“Clerks”) is 44. Blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 41. Actor Timothy Simons (“Veep”) is 40. Singer Robyn is 39. Country singer Chris Young is 33. Actor Luke Youngblood (“Galavant”) is 32.June 13: Actor Bob McGrath (“Sesame Street”) is 86. Magician Siegfried of Siegfried and Roy is 79. Actor Malcolm McDowell is 75. Singer Dennis Locorriere of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show is 69. Actor Stellan Skarsgard (“Mamma Mia”) is 67. Actor Richard Thomas is 67. Comedian Tim Allen is 65. Actress Ally Sheedy is 56. TV anchor Hannah Storm is 56. Bassist Paul deLisle of Smash Mouth is 55. Singer David Gray is 50. Singer Deniece Pearson of Five Star is 50. Musician Soren Rasted (Aqua) is 49. Actor-singer Jamie Walters is 49. Singer-guitarist Rivers Cuomo of Weezer is 48. Actor Steve-O (“Jackass”) is 44. Actor Ethan Embry (“Can’t Hardly Wait,” ”That Thing You Do!”) is 40. Actor Chris Evans (“The Fantastic Four”) is 37. Singer Raz B (B2K) is 33. Actress Kat Dennings (“2 Broke Girls”) is 32. Actresses Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen are 32. Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass” films) is 28.June 14: Actress Marla Gibbs is 87. Singer Rod Argent of The Zombies and Argent is 73. Singer Janet Lennon of The Lennon Sisters is 72. Guitarist Barry Melton of Country Joe and the Fish is 71. Drummer Alan White of Yes is 69. Actor Eddie Mekka (Carmine on “Laverne and Shirley”) is 66. Actor Will Patton is 64. Jazz bassist Marcus Miller is 59. Singer Boy George is 57. Actress Traylor Howard (“Monk,” ”Two Guys and a Girl”) is 52. Actress Yasmine Bleeth is 50. Actor Sullivan Stapleton (“Blindspot”) is 41. Actor Lawrence Saint-Victor (“The Bold and the Beautiful,” ”Guiding Light”) is 36. Actor J.R. Martinez (“All My Children”) is 35. Actor Kevin McHale (“Glee”) is 30. Actress Lucy Hale (“Pretty Little Liars”) is 29. Singer Jesy Nelson of Little Mix is 27. Actor Daryl Sabara (“Spy Kids”) is 26.June 15: Singer Ruby Nash Garnett of Ruby and the Romantics is 84. Guitarist Leo Nocentelli of The Meters is 72. Actor Simon Callow (“Amadeus,” ”Shakespeare in Love”) is 69. Singer Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply is 69. Singer Steve Walsh (Kansas) is 67. Country singer Terri Gibbs is 64. Actor Jim Belushi is 64. Actress Julie Hagerty (“Airplane”) is 63. Actress Polly Draper (“thirtysomething”) is 63. Guitarist Brad Gillis of Night Ranger is 61. Drummer Scott Rockenfield of Queensryche is 55. Actress Helen Hunt is 55. Actress Courteney Cox (“Friends”) is 54. Guitarist Tony Ardoin of River Road is 54. Guitarist Michael Britt of Lonestar is 52. Drummer Rob Mitchell of Sixpence None The Richer is 52. Rapper-actor Ice Cube is 49. Actress Leah Remini is 48. Actor Jake Busey (“Starship Troopers”) is 47. Trombone player T-Bone Willy of Save Ferris is 46. Actor Neil Patrick Harris is 45. Actress Elizabeth Reaser (“Twilight”) is 43. Singer Dryden Mitchell of Alien Ant Farm is 42. Guitarist Billy Martin of Good Charlotte is 37. Guitarist Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons is 34. Actor Denzel Whitaker is 28.June 16: Actress Eileen Atkins (“The Crown,” ”Doc Martin”) is 84. Actor Bill Cobbs is 84. Country singer Billy “Crash” Craddock is 80. Songwriter Lamont Dozier of Holland-Dozier-Holland is 77. Singer Eddie Levert of The O’Jays is 76. Actress Joan Van Ark is 75. Singer James Smith of The Stylistics is 68. Actress Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne,” ”Norm”) is 63. Actor Arnold Vosloo (“The Mummy”) is 56. Actor Danny Burstein (“Boardwalk Empire”) is 54. Model-actress Jenny Shimizu is 51. Actor James Patrick Stuart is 50. Actor Clifton Collins Jr. (“Westworld”) is 48. Actor John Cho (2009’s “Star Trek,” ”Harold and Kumar” movies) is 46. Actor Eddie Cibrian is 45. Actor Daniel Bruhl (“Captain America: Civil War”) is 40. Actress Sibel Kekilli (“Game of Thrones”) is 38. Actress Missy Peregrym is 36. Actress Olivia Hack is 35. “American Idol” runner-up Diana DeGarmo is 31. Bassist Ian Keaggy of Hot Chelle Rae is 31. Celebrity birthdays for the week of June 10-16 by The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2018 4:12 am PDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2018 at 5:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Akinci Turkish Cypriots the main victims of the status quo

first_imgThe Turkish Cypriots are the only community working towards a solution to the Cyprus problem, the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said in his New Year address on Monday.“The Turkish Cypriot community is the only one which is eagerly developing proposals and which worries about the passage of time” in the Cyprus problem, Akinci said, according to Turkish Cypriot Bayrak.The reason for this, Akinci said, is that the Turkish Cypriot community continues to be the biggest victim of the status quo.“Almost everybody agrees that the solution will be achieved within the UN framework and through negotiations. No one alleges anything outside this,” he said.“It is not possible to both be within the UN framework and exclude certain UN parameters which have been developed throughout the years.”If Turkish Cypriots demand that political equality and effective participation in decisions are included in the solution, it is because they have been agreed upon as UN parameters, the Turkish Cypriot leader said.“Is there anyone of us who will say yes to the unitary state structure which will make the Turkish Cypriots a minority? Even asking this is absurd,” Akinci said.The Turkish Cypriot leader questioned whether there was a Greek Cypriot or a third party which would accept two sovereign states, or a confederation or the existence of two states in the EU.“I am not willing to pass into the pages of history…as the one who is responsible for the impasse in Cyprus,” Akinci added. “Therefore, I will continue my efforts in the direction of leading this process to a result, by remaining committed to the UN parameters and the past agreements.”He said the Greek Cypriot handling of the Cyprus issue was a problem because of their position on how the decisions of the central government would be taken.The Greek Cypriot side “wants the decisions to be taken with a simple majority – that is, the Greek Cypriot majority – by bypassing the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots and their effective participation in decisions.”But this is out of the question, Akinci said, as a solution without political equality, which is the sine qua non of a federal solution, would never be approved.A positive development this year was the opening of the Dherynia and Apliki checkpoints, despite what Akinci described as the delaying tactics from some circles in the Greek Cypriot community.Regarding decentralisation, Akinci said that he was open to discussing the matter whenever the Greek Cypriot side was ready to define what this would entail, rather than proposing this model as a delaying tactic.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more